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Toilets in most higher education institutions not useable: Survey

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Health Desk--- May 19, 2016:  Toilets in almost all higher education institutions in the capital are not suitable to use, says a survey report of Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba), an environmental voluntary organization.

The students of these institutions spend most of their daytime on their campuses, so it is urgent to keep the toilets clean and make it useable, said the report.

Poba conducted the survey recently on condition of toilets at 27 public places, 15 government offices, 12 educational institutions, 10 hospitals and seven shopping malls. Poba general secretary Abdus Sobhan revealed the findings of the survey at a press conference at its office on Wednesday.

He said there is no disable-friendly toilet other than one in the area of Dhaka North City Corporation and government offices do not have adequate toilets for women.

The survey shows that women are not secured enough at the toilets set up for them. As women have limited toilet facilities outside their homes, they drink inadequate water that causes various health problems.

Toilets in education institutions are most unhygienic, followed by public spaces, hospitals and government offices. The two City Corporations have 60 public toilets but they do not supervise the toilets despite having sanitary inspectors, the survey says.