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.
AdvertisementThe 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.