MP visits China disaster area, brings medical relief

    MONTREAL, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Hon. Raymond Chan, Liberal MP for
Richmond B.C., on behalf of the Ice Breaking Care Society, is travelling to
his home country of China on Wednesday June 4 to bring relief to earthquake
    Two physicians, Dr. Robert Chan, an expert on infectious diseases and
Dr. Kan Li, a Toronto emergency room physician, will be accompanying him. They
will be travelling to Sifong, to the city of Deyand in Sichua, which is one of
the regions hardest hit by the earthquake.
    Chan and the two doctors are carrying seven emergency Physician Travel
Packs (PTPs) from Health Partners International of Canada with them. The PTP
is a portable medical kit, each one containing a broad assortment of basic
medicine and medical supplies, specially adapted for mobile medical clinics
and emergency health care.
    "I want to do something practical and meaningful for the victims of this
disaster. I can't think of anything better than bringing health care to their
doorstep," says Chan.
    John Kelsall, president of HPIC, says that Canadian healthcare companies
- who donate the medicines and medical supplies in the PTPs and other
shipments of medical aid - have responded very generously to the call for help
for the recent crises in China, Myanmar and Zimbabwe.
    "It takes significant donations from Canadian healthcare companies and
the personal involvement of people like the Hon. Raymond Chan, Dr. Chan and
Dr. Li to make this kind of humanitarian mission possible," he says. "HPIC is
honoured to work with these partners."
    Chan's team is the second group carrying PTPs to the earthquake zone.
Three of the packs went into China just days after the disaster struck.
According to Kelsall, dozens more are being readied for these and other
partners who have the means of getting help directly to the people who need

    HPIC (Health Partners International of Canada) is a medical aid
organization dedicated to improving access to health care and medicine in the
developing world. Since 1990, HPIC has provided more than $250 million of
medical aid to 116 countries.

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