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Snehal Ambekar says that Swine flu is a heart disease.

Snehal-Ambekar-leadAt a time when Swine flu cases have been rising across the country Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar made a bizarre remark by saying that it is a heart disease. Thus Snehal has been compared to Alia Bhatt for her lack of awareness about the disease. On the occasion of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj jayanthi she said the municipal authority will plant trees to check Swine flu. Snehal joins the list of politicians who are known for making irresponsible statements. The state government so far has been unable to control the spread of Swine flu.

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

The lethal H1N1 virus continued its unabated assault in Maharashtra with 20 people across the State succumbing to swine flu in less than 24 hours, taking the toll to an alarming new high of 78. Swine flu is spreading its tentacles and has claimed 624 lives across the country in the last 45 days. A total of 9,311 people have contracted swine flu in 2015 with Gujarat, Rajasthan, Telangana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh the worst-affected states.

On Wednesday, the civic health department confirmed that the death of a 58-year-old male from Nashik, that happened on Monday, was caused due to the air-borne infection. The patient also suffered from hypertension, osteomyletis, chronic liver disease and diabetes that further aggravated his illness. He was transferred from a Nashik-based hospital to Mumbai’s civic hospital on February 13, however, he succumbed to the infection on February 16.

Dr Pradeep Awate, from Directorate of Health Services, said, “The reported swine flu deaths on Wednesday also include few deaths that happened earlier but were not reported because the cause was not assessed.”

North Maharashtra has witnessed an exponential rise in swine flu cases, with Nashik district registering six deaths. More than 4000 people displaying swine flu-like symptoms are being screened in Nashik, informed health officials.

Meanwhile, the death toll continues to rise steeply in Pune district with yet another death registered in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area, taking the total toll to 24.

Since January, Maharashtra’s hospitals have reported more than 500 swine flu cases with a surge in the first fortnight of February.

On the other hand, Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of Bengal, has said that the disease “mostly happens from mosquito bites.”

“For swine flu we are taking all action, we have even kept ready isolated beds, for action as you all know it is nowadays a free earth, all human beings are travelling from here to there, it mostly happens from mosquito bites and various other reasons, to heal the disease is not possible for me, but to get it nicely treated is our duty on humanitarian grounds…” Mamata Banerjee said.

The comments may alarm health experts who say lack of awareness is a major contributor to the spread of the disease. Swine flu, originally transmitted from pigs to humans, spreads fastest from human to human contact, say doctors.