Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday joined the drive against polio at a primary health centre at Thuravoor in Alappuzha district and interacted with doctors, paramedics, and local people who thronged to meet him.

Mr. Gandhi, who arrived to participate in the Yuva Kerala Yatra campaign, led by Youth Congress State president Dean Kuriakose, dropped in at the centre located between Kochi and Alappuzha and spent about half-an-hour there. When Mr. Gandhi reached there, administration of polio drop was in progress and he immediately joined the campaign by giving oral polio vaccine to a baby.

The Congress leader lavished praise on the universal public health care system in Kerala, terming it as ‘one of the best in the country.’

“Your health care system is reputed in India and outside. What is the secret behind it,” he was heard asking hospital authorities.

Mr. Gandhi praised the services rendered by nurses from the State not only in different parts of India but also in many foreign countries.

The main themes of the Yuva Kerala Yatra are secularism and creation of a non-violent society.

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