26 Nov 18 - Source: Myanmar Times - Experts, health advocates and stakeholders gathered recently to observe World Toilet Day, earlier this month to take a stock on toilets in restaurants and food stalls in the country, especially in Yangon.
Daw Phyu Phyu Tin, owner of the Monsoon Restaurant in Yangon shared her insights and personal experiences in maintaining toilets in restaurants while Daw Ei Ei Swe, technical adviser of the non-government group New Vision
Community Development Organisation (NVCDO), also presented a mini study on toilets in the restaurants. Sian Za Nang, chairman of the NVCDO, underscored the need to educate customers about using toilet in restaurants. "We conducted field survey on toilets in restaurants of Yangon and what we found out is that the customers should follow sanitation rules," he said.
"Safely managed sanitation and safe use of wastewater and excreta are fundamental to public health." European Union Ambassador Kristian Schmidt underscored "the importance of toilets for everybody, including displaced people and education for sustainability."
The participants in the forum underscored the need to increase advocacy to restaurant owners to provide better toilets to their establishments as well as developed their capacity on proper management of sanitary toilets.
They also see the need to inculcate hygienic behaviour among regular customers of the restaurants, as well as to have a physical distance between the toilets and kitchens to avoid contamination.