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Gov. Daugaard targets SD infant morality rates


There have been an average of 79 infant deaths every year in South Dakota, and one group continues the fight to decrease that number.
Two years ago Governor Dennis Daugaard and his wife Linda created the infant mortality task force.
The task forced has studied factors that contribute to infant death, including tobacco abuse, insufficient prenatal care and the important of safe sleep conditions.

At Tuesday's state of the state address, Governor Daugaard announced the task force is making progress.
"The state has distributed more than 500 safe sleep kits to families who don't have a safe place for their babies to sleep," said Governor Daugaard.
Infant mortality is one standard for measuring the health of a population. The infant mortality rate among Native Americans in South Dakota is still the highest among the states, according to the task force's executive order.

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