Dr. Swarrup Mishra shot to national prominence after being elected as MP for Kesses in Uasin Gishu county in 2017, although he failed in his re-election bid five years later. Hailing from India, it was considered impressive that he’d managed to secure election in Uasin Gishu in 2017. However, Mishra had charmed his way into locals’ hearts thanks to various charitable acts and the influence he derives from running Mediheal Hospitals – a prominent hospitals group with its base in Eldoret.
Mishra first came to Kenya with his wife in 1997. He had secured a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from India’s Berhapur University, in addition to a Masters in Obstetrics & Gynecology from the University of Rajasthan also in India. Mishra has stated in past interviews that they came to Kenya only with $500.
His wife, who is also a medical practitioner, was the first to land a job. Mishra soon also started landing opportunities to perform surgeries at hospitals in the North Rift and eventually secured a position as a lecturer in Moi University’s Department of Reproductive Health.
In 2004, using savings and bank financing, he embarked on establishing Mediheal Hospital. Their first location was previously a hospital known as Pacifica. They revamped and rebranded it, and soon began positioning Mediheal as a destination for complex procedures, investing heavily in specialized equipment.
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Mediheal Eldoret is a 150-bed facility. It also cut a niche for itself in reproductive health, particularly fertility treatment. According to Mediheal, it handles over 1000 IVF cycles per year, and a Mediheal Hospital delivered the first IVF baby in Rwanda.
Today, Mediheal operates 10 hospitals in cities including Nairobi, Kigali, Eldoret and Nakuru. Mishra has previously valued the company at north of Ksh10 billion.
And after losing his Kesses seat to UDA’s Julius Ruto in the 2022 polls, Mishra is plotting a political comeback. He joined UDA earlier this week, and was welcomed back into the fold by the party’s secretary general Cleophas Malala.
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