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Many Specialists Will Be on Hand at Free Health Clinic in Fresno



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The Muslim Society of Central California will host a free medical and dental clinic on Sunday at Manchester Center in central Fresno, with more than 45 physicians and nurse practitioners volunteering their health care services and 150 other people volunteering in other capacities.

“Usually the health fairs are screening health fairs … with maybe one specialist. Here we have almost 13, 14 specialists.” — Dr. Mohammad Ashraf
The clinic is noteworthy because a large number of specialists will be available under one roof, said Dr. Mohammad Ashraf, the clinic’s organizer.
“Usually the health fairs are screening health fairs … with maybe one specialist,” he said. “Here we have almost 13, 14 specialists.”
Most of the patients — Ashraf expects 400 to 500 will come to the event — will start out seeing an internist, eye doctor and dentist, and then will be referred to specialists such as a cardiologist, pulmonologist, or dermatologist, as needed.

Open to All

The clinic is available to everyone, no matter their income level, their citizenship status, or whether they have insurance, he said.
Having access to specialists can be crucial for low-income people, he said, because “the wait to see an eye doctor, a dermatologist, or a podiatrist is months.”
Holy Cross Clinic at Poverello House has volunteered to do follow-ups with the patients to make sure their care continues, Ashraf said.
The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Manchester Center, 1901 E. Shields Ave., Fresno. No appointments are necessary.
The Muslim Society of Central California has been hosting health clinics for the past decade, Ashraf said. They are typically held in April and October.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email