The dilemma of salt water, between subsidies and criticism from the opposition

The dilemma of salt water, between subsidies and criticism from the opposition

OSE could subsidize hypertensive people so they can buy bottled water. The Municipality of Montevideo monitors the situation.

From the National Administration of State Sanitary Works (OSE) They are studying helping hypertensive people to buy bottled water due to the possibility of having to buy water due to increased salinity; while the mayor of Montevideo, Caroline Cosse, criticized OSE’s decision and ordered monitor water quality of the administration

Water is one of the issues that has the national government in suspense and has already caused internal disputes within Parliament and the coalition. However, he managed to get the Municipality of Montevideo to question the potability of the water and that is why they decided to monitor its quality starting this Monday.

“What should never be done, whatever the crisis, is to degrade the potability condition. That is a line that should not be crossed,” said the Montevidean mayor, Carolina Cosse, on the Arriba Gente television program. Cosse added that she is “very concerned as a mayor and as a Uruguayan” and described the situation as a serious mistake.

At the end of last month, the board of directors of OSE had taken the measure of increasing the measurement of sodium in the fluid from 200 milligrams per liter to 280 mg/L, while chloride they went from 280 mg/L to 450 mg/L. Last Friday, the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) authorized a new increase in the measures, which will go to 400 mg/L and 700 mg/L respectively.

This generated controversy within the government, including the deputy of Town meeting (AC), Alvaro Perrone asked for the resignation of authorities of SBIin a context in which, he asserts, “much of the uruguayansthey find each otherdrinking salt with water“.

A subsidy for hypertensives

OSE Vice President Susana Montanercommunicated in an interview on the Double Click program that the company is analyzing subsidizing people who cannot drink bottled water and have hypertension problems as long as the water continues to have these salinity levels.

The idea of ​​the company is that a “attending physician” can evaluate the situation of each patient to realize if they need this subsidy or not. However, she could not detail how that information would reach OSE or how the subsidy would be paid. “We have to verify, there are many people who can stop buying a Coca Cola and buy a water”Montaner said.

Although from OSE they assured that consumption is “totally safe” from the health portfolio they recommended to severe hypertensive that their blood pressure controls be carried out “more frequently” and, if they can do so, consume bottled mineral water. In addition, he recommended consulting a doctor before the appearance of changes in pressure. The warning was also for those with kidney failure.

Source: Ambito

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