Engr. Rodel Inga-an of RML-DOST CAR calibrates a bar type weighing scale for precise weight measurement. (CAGT - PIA CAR, Abra)
BANGUED, Abra, Sept. 16(PIA) -- All weighing scales of the rural health units (RHUs) of the different municipalities were calibrated to ensure accurate weight of children.
The Abra Provincial Nutrition Committee tapped the Department of Health (DOH) and the Regional Metrology Laboratory (RML) of the Department of Science and Technology in the region for the weighing scale calibration.
Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Glenda Belisario said that a calibrated and functional weighing scale is necessary in all RHUs in order to achieve a reliable and precise data especially of the Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus for the overall nutritional status.
"We need to recalibrate the weighing scales of each RHUs annually for we may not know that the reason behind the high prevalence of malnutrition based on OPT results are the uncalibrated weighing scales," she said.
Based on the latest OPT Plus results, Abra has the highest prevalence of malnutrition in the Cordillera region.
Engr. Rodel Inga-an, Technical Manager of the RML Calibration Services, said it would take less than an hour to calibrate a bar type and hanging type of weighing scales. He uses standard test weights to check the precision of the weighing scales. He said RHUs can calibrate their own weighing scales as long as they have their own certified test weights.
Belisario said dysfunctional weighing scales that can no longer be calibrated will be replaced by the DOH or the municipal local government unit. (JDP/CAGT- PIA CAR, Abra)