Exactly 10 years down the line the small clinic known as RFH Healthcare now offers employment to over 300 Kenyans directly, 60 visiting doctors and specialists, and over 90 suppliers.
Dr. Maxwel Okoth, the proprietor and CEO Ruai Family Hospital and RFH Healthcare Ltd in Kenya has received his Africa Motivational Award 2021.
The award committee, which is set up by the Voice magazine’s board in collaboration with the “I am Africa” initiative, had notified Dr. Okoth of the win in mid-August.
“As young as you are, you have become a renowned pragmatic medical practitioner, unparalleled entrepreneur, and an outstanding African philanthropist, we are proud to showcase your ingenuity to Africans and friends of Africa in the Diaspora during this event,” the committee had noted.
Okoth received his award during the 11th edition of the Voice Achiever’s Award ceremony on September 19, 2021, in Dubai, UAE.
His recognition followed a unanimous decision arrived at for his tremendous contribution to the rebirth and development of the health care industry in Kenya.
“I want to take this chance to thank the Voice Achievers Award for honoring me with the award of African Motivational Award 2021,” said Dr. Okoth.
Dr. Okoth opened the doors of his clinic, Ruai Family Clinic in the outskirts of Nairobi 10 years ago.
“At the time, my was to provide healthcare to a Centre that was underserved. I didn’t know what was ahead,” he recounted.
He went ahead to reiterate that his dream was localized to Ruai, a small town that gave the hospital the name.
“Indeed, God works in mysterious ways and we never know the plans He has in store for us. My small dream outgrew me,” Dr. Okoth couldn’t hide his joy.
Exactly 10 years down the line the small clinic known as RFH Healthcare now offers employment to over 300 Kenyans directly, 60 visiting doctors and specialists, and over 90 suppliers, not counting the numerous people who depend on the ecosystem.
Despite the various challenges and a roller coaster of mixed emotions, as Dr. Okoth puts it, he never gave up his desire of providing quality healthcare to the many people in the community.
“Numerous moments I felt like closing down and settling to clinical practice. We have been fought and applauded in equal measures. There is nothing that inspires me more than knowing that my brainchild has impacted lives,” he opined.
He also added that the clinic has assisted in bringing forth over 9,000 new babies into this world. “That’s the RFH FAMILY,” he said.
He dedicated the award to his late father who aided him through parental advice and support to land into the doors of medical school by influencing the decision of his career choice.
“To all the young Africans out there who have decided to make a change in the society in their own small ways running small and middle enterprises, let’s keep pushing on,” he urged the young people.
“Not all that hurts you is evil. Sometimes pain teaches us and protects,” he concluded by quoting Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.