At the time when swine flu cases in India have crossed the
10,000 mark, Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar has called it a "heart
disease" and made a bizarre suggestion that the municipal corporation will
plant trees to check the disease.
"Swine flu is a heart disease. So, BMC will plant
trees, develop gardens and parks to check swine flu," Ms Ambekar told
reporters after garlanding the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on the
occasion of his birth anniversary in Mumbai.
The blooper from Ms Ambedkar comes a day after West Bengal
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was quoted saying that "swine flu is a mosquito
borne disease and mostly happens from mosquito bite".
Swine flu, caused by an infection of H1N1 virus, has claimed
over 650 lives across the country and affected over 10,000 people. In
Maharashtra, 83 disease-related deaths have been reported so far.