Maryland Muslim doctor offers free clinics

Source: The Eagle


SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — For the past 10 years, Dr. Ashraf Meelu has paid out-of-pocket to offer basic health care in clinics open to the public.

The 64-year-old Muslim doctor from Lothian, Maryland, along with a few volunteers, spends Friday mornings providing flu shots, measuring blood pressure and offering other health treatments at a Guatemalan consulate in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Here, patients file in, one after another, for the Pakistan native’s treatments.

Spread by word-of-mouth, the clinic sees patients from across Maryland and nearby states.

Salvadoran Alfredo Moran, a resident of Manassas, Virginia, drove an hour and a half to the free clinic on a recent Friday. The 80-year-old car washer was suffering from a fever and high blood pressure.

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