Baja California Governor Marina Avila justified the transfer of healthcare funds to cover presidential tour expenditures.
In a press conference held Wednesday, the governor assured she was notified about details of the fund transfer Tuesday.
The item will be addressed, she added.
The governor’s office requested transferring 3.6 million pesos or around $180,000 from an account to purchase face masks, antibacterial gel, syringes and other items for hospitals, healthcare centers and clinics to cover gubernatorial expenditures for public events, including presidential visits.
Gov. Avila said the request does not reduce the healthcare budget.
According to the governor, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will visit the state next week.
Avila denied that presidential visits represent additional expenditures to the state. The governor said expenses will not be incurred in unneeded areas.