Mumbai Mayor calls swine flu a ‘heart disease’, it claims 83 lives in Maharashtra

Mumbai: With swine flu taking alarming proportions, Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar today called it a “heart disease” and made a bizarre suggestion that the municipal authority will plant trees to check the disease.

Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar
Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar

“Swine flu is a heart disease… Hence, BMC will plant trees, develop gardens and parks to check swine flu,” Ambekar told reporters after garlanding the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj here today, on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

Swine flu, caused by an infection of H1N1 virus, has claimed over 650 lives across the country and affected over 10,000 people.

Swine flu has also claimed 83 lives in Maharashtra so far, while 40 of the 205 patients, currently being treated at various hospitals in the state are on ventilator, an official said.

statement from the Joint Director of Health services Satish Pawar said that out of the 83 dead, nine persons were residents of other states while one was from Mumbai.

The highest number of patients, who have succumbed to the viral fever in Maharashtra are from Nagpur (22) while nine were from Pune. According to Pawar, a total of 698 swine flu patients were found in the state.

Out of these, 389 patients have been treated and discharged till now. “Out of the 698 patients, 220 were found in Mumbai, 175 in Nagpur and 184 in Pune,” he said. The official added that 109 patients were diagnosed with the fever today.

Inputs with PTI