“It is better to be the head of a cat than to be a tail of a tiger” – Swarup Mishra
Former Kesses Member of Parliament (MP) Swarup Mishra also doubles up as the chairperson and founder of Mediheal group of hospitals is a man who rides on two different personalities.
With his love for glitz and penchant for the finest of gold jewellery, Mishra could be seen a person with a larger than life persona.
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On the flipside however, the medic freely interacts with locals and has even been baptized ‘Kiprop Arap Chelule’. It is perhaps for this reason that locals overwhelmingly voted for him in the 2017 general elections.
In 1997, Mishra flew from India and landed in Eldoret in pursuit of greener pastures. Together with his wife, Dr. Pallavi Mishra their decision was influenced by the fact the medical field in India was competitive, with universities churning out thousands of medics.
Then a young couple, blessed with a one year old son, they settled in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County. They only had a few dollars with them.
“We didn’t have any money when we came to Kenya. We had 500 dollars. As we are talking, our total investment is over ksh 10 billion,” Mishra revealed in a past interview.
According to the first term parliamentarian, his wife secured employment earlier than him, which meant he survived on her payroll for a few months even. However, Mishra would hit the meandering roads to Kabarnet and Iten to perform a few surgeries until when he secured a lecturing job at Moi University a couple of months later.
He was among the pioneer tutors in the department of reproductive health. Mishra lectured for 16 years and prides himself in mentoring former Health PS Dr. Nicholas Muraguri.
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Launch of Mediheal Hospitals
Using savings and bank loans, Mishra and his wife founded Mediheal Hospital in 2006 in Eldoret. The hospital which is located at the intersection between Nandi Road and Eldoret – Nakuru highway was initially called Pacifica but the previous owners were realizing dwindling returns.
“We used our savings and our good relation with the banking sector secured us a loan, without security,” says Mishra.
They renovated the facility and majored in obstretics especially on fertility issues. According to a past publication by Mediheal Group of hospitals, the Eldoret branch is a 150 bed facility and it pioneered Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) in East Africa, non-invasive pain management and cosmetic surgery.
Additionally, the hospital was the first to perform laparoscopic donor nephrectomy in East Africa.
Currently, Mediheal has grown and expanded to other branches in Nakuru, Nairobi (Parklands, Eastleigh), Kigali and Addis Ababa.
Mishra owes the success of Mediheal to 4 key pillars: modern infrastructure, skilled and adequate human resource, ultramodern equipment and cost effective services.
Mishra Kiprop Biography
The entrepreneur is in his mid 50’s and is father of two; a son and a daughter. According to the serial businessman, his son pursued finance in England while the daughter studied law.
Mishra’s wife, Dr. Pallavi Mishra lectures in Moi University and is a gynecologist with key interest in in vitro fertilization (IVF) and high risk pregnancy. She attends to patients at their Mediheal hospital in Eldoret.
Asked why she chose to major into this field, she says: “Fertility is a kind of silent disease and women who have problems in getting pregnant suffer silently. They do have mental issues and challenges in adjustment in the society..I also came to realize infertility and high risk pregnancy are interconnected. That is why I started specializing into high risk pregnancy.”
Mishra’s Palatial Residence
One year ago, Mishra’s launched his elegant mansion in a house warming party that was attended by powerful individuals including Deputy President William Ruto.
The house is complete with 5 bedrooms, two sitting rooms (one formal and one informal) high gypsum ceiling decorated with crystal chandeliers and marble floor.
Amazingly, the long curtains are drawn using a remote control. Outside the house, beautiful lawns and a blend of flowers create a magnificent lush green environment. Below are photos of the palatial residence.