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Information about the GGD Amsterdam, the city's public health service.
The Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam) covers a wide field of public health activities. About 1300 men and women are employed by the GGD, spread all over the city and neighbouring communities that are part of the GGD's health care area. The main building which is the head office is situated at the Nieuwe Achtergracht.
Almost all residents of Amsterdam visit the GGD at least once in their lives. Parents of young children regularly visit a child health centre, travellers to the tropics are advised and properly vaccinated and he or she who is troubled by cockroaches, mice or rats calls in the pest control service. Besides this the GGD is dedicated to secure the health and well-being of e.g. drug addicts, homeless people and prostitutes.
But all provided services, taken for granted these days, have been at some point the novelties of yesterday's era. The GGD has in the 114 years of its existence, during constantly changing circumstances, in many ways contributed in improving the city's health conditions.