Just over 85% of households and public facilities use ankle-high Nile pans, but these are being blamed as a cause of osteoarthritis of the knee
Thai people were relieved yesterday... to hear the country is scrapping its squat loos.
The Public Health Ministry revealed it will remove 90% of their bog-standard toilets by 2016 and replace them with sit-downs.
The poop-ular move comes due to an alarming number of people suffering from squat-related arthritis.
Just over 85% of households and public facilities use ankle-high Nile pans.
But these are being blamed as a cause of osteoarthritis of the knee.
Deputy Minister, Cholanan Srikaew, revealed that six million natives – and some expats – have the condition.
It is also hoped new facilities will improve tourism, which earns 7% of Thailand’s gross domestic product.
A source said: “Prolonged periods of squatting have been found to cause arthritis. It is hoped the new toilets will save a few more knees and boost tourism.”