Doctor Swaroop Ranjan Mishra has created history after being elected to the Kenyan Parliament. He has become the first Odia to win a general election in an African country.
Dr. Mishra has come a long way from his village of Panchupalli in Jagatsinghpur to being an MP in Kenya, whom the Kenyans fondly call ‘Dr. Kiprop’ because of his philanthropic activities.
After he relocated to Kenya in 1997 from India, he settled in the high-altitude Kenyan town of Eldoret, where his South Indian wife worked a gynaecologist, while he starting teaching in the Moi University’s School of Medicine.
But, the typical entrepreneur in him saw vast business opportunities in the world of medicine in the Kenyan landscape and he consequently purchased an established town hospital by the name of Pacifica, which he later renamed Mediheal Hospital, thus gradually drifting towards a career as a businessman.
And, here in this role as the owner and CEO of Mediheal Group of Hospitals he gradually flexed his muscles to build an empire in medical care throughout East Africa, opening branches of his hospitals in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo as well as different parts of Kenya.
Hence, it was a matter of time before politics would beckon and as many Kenyans wished and expected he ended up being an MP, winning from the Kesses parliamentary seat.
In spite of his entry into politics Dr. Mishra claims his primary aim is to improve healthcare not only in Kenya, but the whole of East Africa, specifically turning his adopted homeland of Kenya into a major destination for medical tourism for East Africans.