Not just an LED Street Lamp, a Mosquito Trap too

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Dr Chong Wen Tong

Mosquitos, often referred to as people’s worst nightmares- so tiny yet have such a powerful effect on all of us.  Let’s face it, the current ways of getting rid of them are often messy and they’re hard-work.  Here is something permanent and less work for you, a wind and solar energy-powered LED street lamp with a mosquito trap- proudly built by researchers at a Malaysian university.

Not only does the lamp offer societies in the developing world clean power but also, protection from mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever. According to eMedicine Health, Dengue fever is a disease caused by viruses that are transmitted to people through mosquitoes.  Its symptoms normally include fever, skin rash, headaches and severe muscle and joint pains.

The World Health Organization in 2015 alone reported over 35 000 cases of dengue fever.  That number includes more than a 100 deaths, making it a 36% increase in cases in 2015 compared to 2014- creating an urge for Malaysian citizens to come up with cost-effective ways to combat the disease.

Mechanical engineer behind the invention, Dr Chong Wen Tong, said the lamp can be sold for use in suitable locations all around the world that have the infrastructure in place to set up and maintain the lamps.

“This device is tailor-made for developing countries, where power outage and dengue fever are common problems for rural residents,” explained Bernard Saw Lip Huat, a mechanical and materials engineer at the University of Tunku Abdul Rahman. “I firmly believe that these benefits have the potential to make this invention extremely desirable to the engineering world today,” he added.

We applaud the researchers behind the innovation for taking a stand in the fight against a disease that has caused countless deaths in Malaysia.  We hope that this will bring light to the country, after a horrible year of dengue-related deaths.