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Meet Isaac Ladipo Oluwole, the First African Medical Officer of Health in the Lagos colony


Isaac Ladipo Oluwole (born c.1892) was a graduate of the University who introduced improvements to public health services in Nigeria.

Born in Nigeria, the son of an Anglican bishop of Sierra Leonean and Egba heritage, Oluwole came to Glasgow in 1913 to study Medicine. After graduating MB, in 1918 he returned to Nigeria.

He pioneered school of health services and started the first School of Hygiene in Nigeria, at Yaba in Lagos, in 1920.

In 1924, he reorganised sanitary inspection procedures to control the spread of bubonic plague in the country, and started the first school of health services in Lagos in 1925.

He introduced regular sanitary inspections and vaccinations of children. Isaac Oluwole was appointed Medical Officer of Health in 1936, and in 1940 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Isaac Ladipo Oluwole died in 1953.

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