ISLAMABAD (APP) - Ministry of Health has asked the local administration of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) to set up a new hospital in the federal capital to ease the burden of incoming patients on the federal government hospitals. According to an official of Ministry of Health, the federal government is striving to provide best medical care to the patients at its two hospitals here but there is need to build another hospital in the federal capital. He said with the support of UAE government a trauma centre will be set up in the federal capital near Chak Shahzad, adding consultants are working to prepare plan in this regard. He said under the proposed new health policy, district hospitals, tehsil hospitals and basic health units will be strengthened. He added the policy also addresses the shortage of doctors and paramedical staff in the government hospital as it has been proposed in the draft that such staff may be appointed where required to improve the health service delivery system. He said the ministry also proposed standard training of medical professionals, including doctors, paramedical staff and technicians to provide quality services to the country people in the hospitals.He said under the new health policy more focus would be on delivery of better health services to poor people, who are living below poverty line and unable to afford treatment expenses. He said the ministry also suggested in draft to give priority to the health of mother and child as health indicators regarding mother and child health are not impressive in the country and need proper attention. He said new health policy also covers areas including disease prevention both communicable and non communicable, improving standard of laboratories and promoting traditional medicines like homeopathy along with allopathy. He said under new policy, gaps will be filled and resources will be provided to the provincial governments besides policy formation while the provincial and district governments will be responsible to implement such policies in health sector. He said the government had decided to form new health policy keeping in view its priorities in health sector, disease burden and prevention and commitments and treatment. He said preparation of draft of new health policy is in final stages in consultation with concerned stakeholders including Pakistan Medical Association, health economists, parliamentarians and provincial officials.