Dr. Iziaq Adekunle Adeboye SALAKO
Dr. Salako is a committed team player who likes to organize and innovate. He is a medical activist, a community mobilizer, writer, radio presenter and public commentator. He holds an MBBS degree from the University of Lagos and Master in Public Health from the Lagos State University. He is a certified colposcopist and sonologist.
Dr. Salako working carrier started from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in 1992 where he undertook the compulsory one year horsemanship. He served in the National Youth Service Corp in Onicha General Hospital in Onicha Local Government of old Abia State ( now Ebonyi State) where he won the NYSC merit award. During the NYSC, Dr. Salako, volunteered and took part in the Nigeria Guinea Worm Eradication Programme (NIGEP) for which he was awarded the Golden Handshake Award from President Jimmy Carter.
After his youth service, he worked in some health institutions including the St’ Raphael Hospital, Okota-Lagos, Mucas Hospital, Agege-Lagos and the Lagos State Health Service Commission. He started his private medical practice; A.A. Medical Centre in 2001 which later transformed to Prime Healthgate Medical Services following expansion and admission of new partners into the practice. While working in A.A. Medical Centre, Dr. Salako was closely involved in out of school youth groups and was a constant resource person/guest lecturer at the end of year activities of such group. He organized youth campaigns on HIV/AIDS prevention and designed an indoor game (“SAFEX”) that was used in most of these campaigns.
In 2007, Dr. Salako was appointed a commissioner in Ogun State where he served in 3 strategic ministries of Agriculture, Housing and Health. In these ministries, he was able to introduce some innovations which were basically aimed at promoting the health of the public. As commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Salako introduced the policy of free egg supply to some public schools in the state, re-introduction of anti-rabies campaign and the introduction of Agric in Schools programme. Working with the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture was able to introduce mechanized rice mills and therefore increase the popularity of the local ofada rice in the state.
As commissioner for Health, the department of Public Health was created, routine screening for cervical cancer was introduced to the ministry’s outreach programmes, the school health programme was re-invigorated and the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency became organized through an enabling law.
Dr. Salako was a student leader and served in several capacities including the President, Association of Medical Students University of Lagos, Vice President, Federation of Africa Medical Students Association and Parliamentarian/Caucus leader, University of Lagos Student Union. He is a member, Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria and the Nigeria Medical Association. He served as the publicity secretary of the Lagos State branch of the NMA in 1993/1994.
He is a well travelled man and has attended conferences/delivered papers in many professional fora here in Nigeria and in other countries of the world including Accra, Ghana, London, UK, New-Delhi, India and Ottawa, Canada.
He is a holder many awards and honors including Excellence award by Lions International (district 404), Crystal award for Excellence by the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, Top 10 Commissioners in South West, Nigeria in 2009 by Tribune Newspaper and best housing commissioner in Nigeria (2010) by Property and Environmental Writers Association of Nigeria.
Dr Salako is married with children.