Shifa Clinic for women is 'dream come true'

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Indigent women will have a new option for health care thanks to the efforts of a local Veterans Affairs doctor and funding from a national Islamic relief group. The Shifa Clinic will offer free care on Saturdays starting Jan. 7. "The idea was just to serve and help," said Dr. Reshma Khan, 41, a gynecologist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. On Thursday, Imam Mohamed Melhem of Central Mosque of Charleston prayed in the waiting room of the new charity clinic, which he said is the first of its kind in the state. "In Islam, we believe that we have to do service and help everyone," Melhem said. Khan's vision of establishing the free health care center is coming to life through her persistence and the generosity of the Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA, which is paying the rent on the three-room clinic located in an office building on Lowcountry Boulevard. "They are helping me set this up," she said. She compared the process of getting the clinic running to learning how to ride a bike. After the initial cash infusion from ICNAR, she hopes the effort will become self-sustaining through local donations and grants. Routine gynecological exams including ...      Read more

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