Isaac Ladipo Oluwole

Biography of Isaac Ladipo Oluwole

Isaac Ladipo Oluwole
Isaac Ladipo Oluwole

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, ChB in 1918 he returned to Nigeria as the first African Medical Officer of Health in the Lagos colony.

He pioneered school 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 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.


Isaac Ladipo Oluwole

Born 1892, Lagos, Nigeria.
Died 1953.
University Link: Alumnus
GU Degree: MB ChB, 1918;
Occupation categories: physicians
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Record last updated: 14th Jan 2014

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