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How safe are our public toilets?

By Winnie Onyando February 25th, 2024 2 min read

Using public restrooms in the country presents a myriad of challenges, from unhygienic conditions to the risk of contracting diseases.

The statistics are alarming: millions of Kenyans suffer from urinary tract infections (UTIs) annually, with inadequate restroom hygiene often cited as a contributing factor.

This then makes us question the safety of these public toilets.

Here are some practical tips for protecting yourself and your loved ones while using these public restrooms:

Flush before use

In facilities with limited water supply, ensure to flush the toilet before use.

If the restroom appears unclean, consider requesting additional water since you’re paying for the service.

Mind your distance

Public toilets, especially those heavily used, pose a higher risk of disease transmission.

Avoid sitting or squatting too close to the toilet bowl, and stay vigilant of cleanliness standards.

Prevent splashes

Take precautions to prevent water splashes on your private areas, as this can increase the risk of infection.

Carrying your tissue to use as a barrier on the toilet seat is advisable.

Avoid climbing

While it may seem safer, climbing on the toilet increases the risk of disease transmission, particularly if water splashes back.

Choose clean facilities

Prioritize reputable and clean toilets whenever possible. Look for facilities that maintain proper hygiene standards to minimize health risks.

Dispose of waste properly

Ensure proper disposal of waste and maintain cleanliness in the restroom for the next user.

Practice hand hygiene

Wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom, and consider carrying disinfectant to keep them clean when access to soap and water is limited.

As we navigate the challenges of using public toilets, it’s crucial to take precautions to prevent the spread of diseases like UTIs. By following these simple steps, we can help ensure safer restroom experiences for everyone.

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