Mayo Clinic Doctors Finish Work In Haiti

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — About 100 doctors, nurses and pharmacists have volunteered in Haiti since the January 2010 quake.

Now, the last team of doctors is returning to Rochester beginning Saturday.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports Sunday that the teams from Mayo Clinic helped with emergency care immediately after the earthquake, then they helped rebuild the country’s medical system.

They helped Haitian medical professionals restore an adult hospital in Port-au-Prince. Mayo family doctor Walter Franz says the goal was always to set up a system Haitian doctors could maintain themselves.

Cholera is still a problem in Haiti. Franz says this latest team was reluctant to leave, because members feel they could still be useful.

Franz said Mayo doctors will continue to mentor colleagues in Haiti through weekly video conferences.

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