The poor hygiene of public toilets is a serious issue as it is the primary reason for the spread of diseases such as hepatitis B, cholera, jaundice and typhoid.
2010, the year in which İstanbul will serve as the European Capital of Culture, is fast approaching and Turkey has a long way to go to improve public toilet facilities, Public Toilets Association President İmdat Habip says.
Habip’s main complaint revolves around the unsanitary conditions of public restrooms, which he says has two causes. First, tourists do not share the Turkish toilet culture and are unaware of how to use the traditional Turkish squat toilet. The second issue, he says, is that mosque charities want to profit from mosque toilets.
Read more: Esma Bendez, Today’s Zaman, 31 Aug 2008