Athar Khan, of O’Fallon, Mo., had no insurance and no clue where to go when he started having knee pain.

“But I found out about the new Volunteers in Medicine West County Clinic through my mosque,” he said Sunday afternoon, as he sat in the waiting room of the clinic in Manchester.

“If I didn’t come here, I would have had to go to a hospital emergency room. I’m very glad they’re here.”

Helping those in the community and taking some of the pressure off jammed hospital emergency rooms are the goals of the new clinic, which is operated by medical and non-medical volunteers.

It’s a public health project of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, which pitches in by paying rent for the clinic offices. Many of the volunteers attend the mosque.

The two-month-old clinic is open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and offers free, non-emergency primary health care for uninsured, low-income people aged 18 to 64. (More)


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