Occurrence of sudden deaths of infants is a tragedy for the child, the family and
the community, and a matter of vital concern to the public health. In order to provide for the protection and promotion of the health of the inhabitants
of the state, the department of health shall have the central and comprehensive responsibility
for the development and administration of the state's policy with respect thereto.
(b) The commissioner shall establish a program to study the sudden deaths of infants
which are unexpected by medical history, and for which adequate causes of death have
not been demonstrated.
(c) Such program may initially consist of pilot projects which shall include epidemiological
investigation, family counseling and evaluation in order to identify the major risk
factors in sudden infant deaths with the objective of preventing such deaths.
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