'Toilet revolution' targets squat stools
The Public Health Ministry's third-phrase master plan for its "toilet revolution", which aims to have 90 per cent of Thai households using Western-style seated toilets by 2016, was approved by the Cabinet Tuesday.
The proposal was raised out of concerns that squat toilets are to blame for a rise in osteoarthritis of the knee among Thais.
Deputy government spokesman Pakdihans Himathongkham said the Cabinet also set up a public toilet committee and sub-panels.
By 2016, the plan would see 10 per cent of public places having at least one seated toilet.